- Date of publication 03-05-2009 At Residence N.D. together we questioned what we would do for Christmas.
Many Sisters voiced some ideas: "I do not need a thing"; "When I need something I get it right away"; "What can we give?"; "Why not make a gift to the poor who are in need?"; "There are groups which publish in their pamphlets lists of needed items for the poor. Why not take one of the organizations and see what we can do?"
The last suggestion was accepted by the group and the organization "Wings of Providence" was chosen. This organization looks after battered women and their children in one of their secure homes until the people are ready to move on to a safe environment.
So the Sisters consulted the list sent out by "Wings" and each one chose an item interested them and showed a bit of their individual personality, such as: toys for little ones, baby clothes, pillows and bed sheets, mugs and coffee, knives to help in cooking, a set of dishes with cutlery, containers to serve, to store food in the refrigerator, bath towels and face cloths, tea towels and even a gift card to buy what one really needed at a specific store.
So a day was chosen for two people to go out to do the shopping of the items. Once purchased packages with each Sister's name attached to a package were made and which would be opened on Christmas Eve. The Christmas tree was well decorated with lights and streamers the parcels were laid out for everyone to enjoy before hand.
Christmas Eve, the 12 of us prayed before the tree and then opened our gifts which we showed to each other. The gifts would be delivered on the 26th to the "Wing House". It was with awe and a sense of true happiness that this sharing was done in the group and that we were able to do this little act of personal sharing with the poor.
December 26th came and all the gifts were loaded in a car to be delivered to "Wings". It is with great joy that we shared with those in need, knowing that we will never meet the people who will receive these gifts! May the Lord keep and protect them forever!
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